Lovely work from Miranda Lehman. I loved reading this interview, Giulietta Masina is one of my favorite actresses so it was nice to find someone else who appreciates her as well!
What is your background in photography?
I have a B.F.A from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Why do you pick certain subjects? It's a physical feeling. I think, "does this put me in a certain place?...can I feel warmth or wind or darkness?" I like for things to be just out of reach. When something has a mystery about it, or appears to be hiding a secret...that is when I am drawn in. Straight forward pictures push me away.
Why do you pick certain subjects?
It's a physical feeling. I think, "does this put me in a certain place?...can I feel warmth or wind or darkness?" I like for things to be just out of reach. When something has a mystery about it, or appears to be hiding a secret...that is when I am drawn in. Straight forward pictures push me away.
If you could photograph one person in history who would it be?
This is a hard question! Maybe Giulietta Masina? She's beautiful, but not so much so that it's all you see when you look at her.
What is the last great shoot you worked?
I took pictures in the park at sunset with some friends a few sundays ago. It was unseasonably warm and the breeze was just perfect. The light was so rich and the air was fragrant....ohhhh... it makes me sigh to think about it now.
Name a few of your favorite contemporary artists?
I've only found a few contemporary artists that resonate with me: Bill Henson and Vija Celmins. Since I've been out of school I have stopped actively seeking contemporary art almost completely.
Do you Dream and if so do you have recurring themes?
Umm...yes, but the content of my dreams is too revealing! My recent dreams have been so good though, I just want to sleep all day and live in them.
Currently Reading/ Watching anything?
I've been really into Alejandro Jodorowsky recently. I hear he and David Lynch are making a movie together? I am elated by this news because they are my dream team. I am not reading anything right now, but I'll be picking up The House of Mirth soon.
Who is the one person you would love to collaborate with?
What inspires your work?
It's all about this incredibly specific feeling; a sensation I get when I think about Strauss' Im Abendrot. It's kind of like something extremely beautiful emerging out of total garbage, or how sometimes you can pick a melody out of chaos and noise, and that one beautiful moment makes everything else worth it. I am still trying to find ways to explain it to myself, but I am careful, I don't want to fully realize it only for the idea to lose potency. The idea is the most precious thing I have.
Where do you live and do you find that your environment affects your work?
I live in the Pacific Northwest where the light is always amazing. In winter everything is so soft and diffused and in summer the light is rich and warm. It gives me headaches, but creates beautiful photographs. There is such lush and varied foliage here. I think if I moved back to California my pictures would be very different. When I visit California in the summer, the fog is heavenly. Then, instead of forests, all I can think about is fog.